This Day in History - July 30

July 30

1619 – The House of Burgesses convenes for the first time at Jamestown, Virginia.  The House of Burgesses was the first legislative assembly in the New World

1718 – English businessman and founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, dies

1780 – Colonel Isaac Shelby and his Patriot forces take Fort Anderson aka Fort Thicketty, South Carolina

1787 – The French parliament refuses to approve a more equitable land tax

1799 – The French garrison at Mantua, Italy, surrenders to the Austrians

1818 – Author, Emily Bronte, is born

1857 – Economist and sociologist, Thorstein Veblen, is born

1863 – Founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, is born

1863 – Chief Pocatello, the Shoshone chief, signs the Treaty of Box Elder, bringing peace to the emigrant trails of southern Idaho and northern Utah

1864 – In an effort to penetrate the Confederate lines around Petersburg, Virginia, Union troops explode a mine underneath the Confederate trenches but still fail to break through.  The ensuing action is known as the Battle of the Crater

1889 – New York Yankees manager, Casey Stengel, is born

1898 – English sculptor, Henry Moore, is born

1898 – 1st Chancellor of the German Empire, Otto von Bismarck, dies

1909 – Historian and author, C. Northcote Parkinson, is born

1912 – Emperor Meiji of Japan dies

1915 – In Flanders, Belgium, the Germans use their new weapon, a flamethrower, to use against the Allies at the Battle of Hooge

1919 – Federal troops are called out to put down Chicago race riots

1924 – Writer, William H. Gass, is born

1938 – George Eastman demonstrates his color motion picture process

1940 – A bombing lull ends the first phase of the Battle of Britain

1940 – US Congresswoman, Patricia Schroeder, is born

1941 – Singer, Paul Anka, is born

1943 – Adolf Hitler learns that Axis ally Italy is buying time before negotiating surrender terms with the Allies in light of Mussolini’s fall from power

1945 – The USS Indianapolis is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sinks in shark-infested waters.  Only 317 of the 1,196 men survived.  The ship had just completed its delivery of components for the atomic bomb

1945 – Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist, David Sanborn, is born

1947 – Body builder, actor, 38th Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger is born

1956 – President Dwight Eisenhower signs a law officially declaring “In God We Trust” to be the nation’s official motto

1958 – Singer, songwriter, first woman to have UK number-one single, appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Kate Bush, is born

1960 – Over 60,000 Buddhists march in protest against the Diem government in South Vietnam

1961 – Actor, Laurence Fishburne, is born

1964 – South Vietnamese boats raid islands in the Tonkin Gulf

1965 – President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Bill into law

1966 – England beats Germany 4 to 2 to win the World Cup

1967 – General William Westmoreland claims that he is winning the war in Vietnam, but needs more men

1970 – Director, screenwriter, and producer, Christopher Nolan, is born

1971 – A Boeing 727 and a fighter jet collide in Japan, killing 162

1974 – President Richard Nixon, under coercion from the US Supreme Court, releases subpoenaed White House recordings-suspected to prove his guilt in the Watergate scandal-to special prosecutor Leon Jaworksi.  The House Judiciary Committee votes a third article of impeachment against the president: contempt of Congress in hindering the impeachment process

1974 – Actress, Hillary Swank, is born

1975 – Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears, last seen coming out of a restaurant in Bloomingfield Hills, Michigan

1975 – Thirty-five nations called together by the US and the Soviet Union, begin a summit meeting in Helsinki, Finland, to discuss pressing international issues

1976 – American Bruce Jenner wins gold medal in the decathlon at the Montreal Olympics, and his score of 8,617 points sets a world record

1988 – King Hussein dissolves Jordan’s Parliament, surrenders Jordan’s claims to the West Bank to the Palestinian Liberation Organization

1990 – Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent forces George Steinbrenner to resign as principal partner of the New York Yankees

1994 – Jesse Timmendequas is charged with the murder of New Jersey’s 7-year-old Megan Kana.  Kanka inspired Megan’s Law, a statute requiring that information about convicted sex felons be available to the public. 

1996 – Actress, Claudette Colbert, dies

2003 – The last of the uniquely shaped “old style” Volkswagen Beetles rolls off the assembly line in Mexico

2007 – Swedish director, Ingmar Bergman, dies

2012 – Blackout in India as power grid failure leaves 300 million+ without power


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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